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I have visited Kynance Cove half a dozen times to date, it is one of my favourite photo locations in Cornwall.

There is plenty of parking at the top of the cliffs, which is free to National Trust members.  Form the car park there are two routes down to the beach. 

You can leave the North (lower) side of the car park, and follow the path down a small valley to the beach.  This route gives a view into the bay, showing the path winding in and out of site as an ideal lead in line.

Alternatively, you can leave the South (top end) of the car park, and then walk round onto the cliff tops.  There are a few points on the cliffs when you are able to walk out onto headlands which give views up and down the coast.

Whichever route is taken, when you get down to it, the beach can be spectacular.  At high time in stormy weather, there are all the rocks that waves will crash on.  At low time there is a lot of (hopefully) fresh sand, and it is possible to walk out round the headlands and get good views along the coast into Mounts Bay. The headland, which can be accessed by some steps opposite the cafe, also gives good views all round.

Kynance Cove

Kynance Cove

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The Lizard Lighthouse from Housel Bay

The Lizard Lighthouse from Housel Bay

A well known landmark on the Lizard is the Lighthouse.  We visited the viewpoint shown after seeing this in a second hand book I bought a few weeks prior to the trip.  From the lighthouse car park (free to National Trust members, walk behind the lighthouse and round the coast path until you get into Housel Bay, beneath the Housel Hotel.  This photo is taken from the far side of the bay.

As we are looking almost due West, the Lighthouse will be best lit in the morning, but I reckon it is a well defined shape that would make a nice silhouette at sunset too, perhaps with a zoom lens to make the Lighthouse Prominent.  At the time of our visit the time of day was academic, as the sky was pretty much full of cloud.

If you visit during the day, there is a National Lighthouse Museum open, which offers tours of the site, and a history of all lighthouses in Britain.

At low tide, it is possible to walk down to the beach in Housel Bay.  Out of season, I imagine the beach is never busy, so there should be the opportunity for nice clean sand shots around lunchtime when the sun won’t be hidden behind the cliffs.

While in the area it is also worth popping down into the bay to the West of the Lighthouse, where there is a lifeboat station, and maybe some seals.

Tit, At Slimbridge, Gloucestershire

Tit, At Slimbridge, Gloucestershire

have been considering, for a while, setting up a blog to accompany my Flickr stream (www.flickr.com/baldyD) and have finally settled upon setting up an account with wordpress.  Having spet hours looking at potential sites, I don’t actually have that long now to put any content in, so here is a start.  I initially started with Weebly, but have now moved to WordPress. Mainly so I can update the blog remotely via my Iphone.

My intention is to write about my photography hobby, recording details of locations and ideas etc…. Today I am off to Bodenham Arboretum to see what they have to offer there.  More details on the arboretum can be found at their website, http://www.bodenham-arboretum.co.uk/.  I may be a little early, but hopefully will find some trees showing their autumn colours…here’s hoping anyway.  Perhaps I could write a note of its value as a photographic location later…

Other trips on the horizon include a few days in Cornwall around next weekend, and a morning in the excellent Westonbirt Arboretum the following week (http://www.forestry.gov.uk/westonbirt).